LondonThe prejudice that politics is boring has long been disproved by the British with their Brexit chaos. But in the search for a new premier, the British seem to want to outbid even more: After the drug confession of a candidate made many headlines and more embarrassing confessions brought to light, have now turned TV stars in the election – which actually only this Thursday really starts.
At noon, the 313 members of the Conservative ruling party will vote for the first time on the ten candidates who have expressed interest in the post of prime minister. In each round, the one with the fewest votes drops out of the race. In order to stay in the competition, at least 16 votes are necessary in the first vote, in the second round at least 32 votes.
If only two candidates are left, the approximately 160,000 party members vote by mail and determine the winner. Around July 22 is likely to know who that is. Until then, the officially resigned at the beginning of June Theresa May in office.
Boris Johnson has the best chance of her job. On Wednesday, the 54-year-old ex-Foreign Minister officially launched his election campaign. He promised to negotiate a new contract with the European Union because a Brexit without a deal would not be his preferred option – even if he wanted to push ahead with the preparations "energetically and seriously".
Three years after the EU referendum and after two postponements of the withdrawal date, "we have to leave the EU on 31 October," he said. The London conference center hosted a large number of MPs who enthusiastically applauded him, hoping to secure a place in his cabinet in Johnson's electoral victory.
Who can make Johnson dangerous?
Unlike other candidates but no TV stars were present. When Minister of Health Matt Hancock stepped in front of the press earlier this week and announced his candidacy, TV star Robert Rinder aka "Judge Rinder" sat in the audience – the British version of TV judge Barbara Salesch.
Nevertheless, Hancock are given no great opportunities, just as the former Labor Secretary Esther McVey, who would have liked that no TV stars had to speak on their candidacy to word: addressed the common past as television presenters and how McVey was like that, had her ex-colleague Lorraine Kelly tried to avoid the question and changed the subject.
When the conservative politician McVey was approached, she had pushed this to envy – whereupon turned on a third presenter and McVey accused of untruth.
But like Hancock, McVey is not considered one of those candidates who could be dangerous to Boris Johnson. Probably the most likely to challenge him is the current Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt. Agriculture Minister Michael Gove had also been a big fan of British bookmakers – but his confession to having taken cocaine 20 years ago is likely to have worsened his chances.
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